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Updated April 24
, 2014,
the Thursday before the First Sunday after Easter,
the day after William Shakespeare's 450th birthday,
the day of Robert Penn Warren's birthday,
the day before Donald Davidson's death date,
Easter Semester


"The establishment of a press attached to the schools of instruction, especially adapted to our field, for the defense and maintence of our distinctive principles, and as the medium of communicating with our dioceses, would follow after as a thing of course; as would also the presenting to such families as desired it, a high religious society, during the education of their children."

-The Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, Bishop of Louisiana, "The New Orleans Letter," July 1, 1856



Originated Visitation & Prepared Annunciation 2002,
Drayton Hall, Charleston

Advanced Reunion & Unveiled Revelation 2003,
Convocation Hall, Sewanee

Established Bi-Centennial 2006,
Gravestone Altar, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral Shrine,
New Orleans

Founded Sewanee First Chapter 2006-2008,
The University of the South

Consecrated Sesqui-Centennial Sunday 2010,
Cornerstone Memorial, Louisiana Circle



"When prophecy's binding force pushes forward matured directive,
when who we always are receives warning from where we most should be,
then upward from time will arise destined witness of duty's blessing,
and guardian values will soon succeed and once again make things right."

-SIR ABDIEL, "Epiphanous Healing," in The Resurgametica



Contact: info@leonidaspolk.org


Menu Under Construction:


Biographical Introduction

His Holy Churches

  Our Leading Founder

Most Sacred Cornerstone

Wartime Commands & Battles

Polk's Corps Flag

Pine Mountain Monument

Funerals & Gravestones

Sword Over the Gown

Beloved Memorialization

Endemic Errors & Anti-Polk Bias

Sewanee Community Heroes

Ordo Kalendar Domainidai

The Last Christian in Alabama


Our Prophetic Martyr's Inscribed Sesqui-Centennial Relic

Sequential Consecration Dates 2014

Easter Semester:

Inception- April 10
Fulfillment- May 2
Command- May 15

Trinity Term:

Murder- June 14
Funeral- June 15
Eulogy- June 29

Advent Semester:

Inauguration- September 18
Victory- September 20
Conclusive- October 10


"What I here propound is true- therefore it cannot die- or if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will 'rise again to the Life Everlasting.' "

-Edgar Allen Poe, in Preface to Eureka: A Prose Poem, 1848

"It is my idea that the myth should be defined for the modern unbeliever in terms of its psychic necessity- by a sort of natural history of supernaturalism. This is a quite unorthodox way to justify orthodoxy, but I imagine it is the only effective means of persuasion that remains now."

-John Crowe Ransom, GOD WITHOUT THUNDER, 1930


"In thinking over subjects on which I might be qualified to speak, it occurred to me to look at Weaverville and the Weaver community through a perspective of Chicago. I have been condemned for the past six years to earn my living in that most brutal of cities, a place where all the vices of urban and industrial society break forth in a kind of evil flower. I sometimes think of the University to which I am attached as a missionary outpost in darkest Chicago. There we labor as we can to convert the heathen, without much reward of success. But of course we learn many things about what is happening to this country."

-Richard M. Weaver, "The Meaning of Name and Place," delivered at the annual Weaver family reunion, Weaverville, North Carolina, August 10, 1950



 "The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear."

-Herbert Agar, A TIME FOR GREATNESS, 1942


"That the study of history, far from making us wiser, and more useful citizens, as well as better men, may be of no advantage whatsoever; that it may serve to render us mere antiquaries and scholars; or that it may help to make us forward coxcombs, and prating pedants, I have already allowed. But this is not the fault of history: and to convince us that it is not, we need only contrast the true use of history with the use that is made of it by such men as these. We ought always to keep in mind, that history is philosophy teaching by examples how to conduct ourselves in all the situations of private and public life; that therefore we must apply ourselves to it in a philosophical spirit and manner."

-Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke, "Letters on the Study and Use of History," 1735


"Must I at length the sword of justice draw?
Oh curst effects of necessary law!
How ill my fear they by my mercy scan,
Beware the fury of a patient man."

-John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel," 1681


"For there are three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are One.
And there are three that bear witness in Earth: the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood: and these three agree in One."

-First John 5:7-8, King James Version


"the tendency of things"

"The exaggeration which this rhetorician employs is not caricature but prophecy; and it would be a fair formulation to say that true rhetoric is concerned with the potency of things. The literalist, like the anti-poet described earlier, is troubled by its failure to conform to a present reality. What he fails to appreciate is that potentiality is a mode of existence, and that all prophecy is about the tendency of things."

-Richard M. Weaver, "The Phaedrus and the Nature of Rhetoric," in THE ETHICS OF RHETORIC, 1953




"The ugliness of this present age urges upon us the beauty of our past."



Vocat · Educat · Pugnat 


"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

-Jeremiah 29:11-13, King James Version




"Abide with Me upon this sturdy Rock of Ages, all ye final Christian Soldiers."

-From "Ode to the Hymnal," in THE LAST CHRISTIAN IN ALABAMA, draft manuscript






Courtesy of LPMS

Sacred Virtue · Moral Beauty · Arisen Vanguard


Courtesy of LPMS

Sewanee's Fons et Origio:

Bishop · Educator · General



Ancient Religion for the Old-Time Religious

Isle of Iona (563 A.D.)

Jamestowne Settlement (1607 A.D.)

Maury County (1833 A.D.)

Historic Education for the Once-Redeemed Educable

English Universities of Oxford (1096 A.D.) &
Cambridge (1209 A.D.)

State Universities in North Carolina (1789 A.D.) &
Virginia (1819 A.D.)

Military Academies at West Point (1802 A.D.) &
Charleston (1842 A.D.)

Ongoing Warfare for the Still-Willing Warriors

Salamis (480 B.C.), Covadonga (722 A.D.) &
Malta (1565 A.D.)

Concord (1775 A.D.), Saratoga (1777 A.D.) &
Cowpens (1781 A.D.)

Chickamauga (1863 A.D.), Okolona (1864 A.D.) &
Hamburg (1876 A.D.)


Contextual Timeline of Decisive Community Engagement

480 B.C.

Following Spartan King Leonidas's strong stand with his 300 at Thermopylae, Themistocles defeats invading Persian naval forces at Salamis; victory leads to final Greek success at Plataea & eventual freedom from outsiders.


563 A.D.

St. Columba departs Ireland & founds abbey centre for Celtic Christianity on Scottish Isle of Iona.


722 A.D.

Don Pelayo, first Christian king of the Austurias, defeats invading Muslims at Covadogna & inaugurates Reconquista for Christian Spain.


1096 A.D.

Earliest recorded teaching in Oxford, England, leads to Magister Scolarum Oxonie in 1201 & Universitas in 1231.


1209 A.D.

Scholars settle in Cambridge, England; gain a Chancellor in 1226 & King Henry III's protection in 1231.


1565 A.D.

Jean de Valette leads Christian Knights in withstanding Muslim Turks' horrific Siege of Malta.


1607 A.D.

Chartered by King James I, Captain Christopher Newport leads Anglican Englishmen in exploring James River & establishing Jamestowne Settlement in Virginia; Captain John Smith later serves as Council President.


1775 A.D.

Colonial Militia & Minute Men win first victory in War for Local Independence from Outside Rule with rout of British troops at North Bridge on Concord River.


1777 A.D.

Americans commanded by Major General Horatio Gates stop advancing British troops at Saratoga & force surrender of General John Burgoyne; turns war in favor of ultimate American victory.


1781 A.D.

American forces defending South Carolina under command of General Daniel Morgan defeat & rout Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's British troops at Cowpens; turns the war in the South toward Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown.


1789 A.D.

William R. Davie introduces bill to charter state university in North Carolina; Col. William Polk, father of Leonidas Polk, is Trustee by 1790 & President of Board of Trustees 1802-1805; first students arrive in 1795; Leonidas Polk attends 1821-1823.


1802 A.D.

Subsequent General George Washington's selecting Thaddeus Kosciuszko to design fortifications at West Point in 1778 & headquartering there in 1799, President Thomas Jefferson establishes United States Military Academy in 1802; Colonel Sylvanus Thayer superintends 1817-1833; Cadet Leonidas Polk attends 1823-1827.


1819 A.D.

Mr. Jefferson introduces "Bill for More General Diffusion of Knowledge" to Virginia General Assembly in 1799; first meeting of University of Virginia's Board of Visitors in 1819 & first students arrive by 1825.


1833 A.D.

Rev. Leonidas Polk arrives in Maury County, Tennessee; resides at Hamilton Place; rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbia; builds Ashwood Hall; later erects St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Pleasant.


1842 A.D.

Subsequent Denmark Vesey's murderous conspiracy in 1822 & South Carolina's "Act to Establish a Competent Force to Act as a Municipal Guard for the Protection of the City of Charleston and its Vicinity," Governor John P. Richardson & State Legislature convert Charleston's militia Citadel into military academy in 1842; patriotic cadets fire on Star of the West in 1861.


1863 A.D.

Bishop-General Leonidas Polk commands Confederate right wing to victory over invading Federals at Chickamauga; Brigadier-General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry defends right flank; Georgia is once again made free.


1864 A.D.

Operating under Bishop-General Leonidas Polk, Major-General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats & routs Federal Major-General Sooy Smith at Okolona; demolishes Sherman's eastward strategy & saves Demopolis, Selma & all Middle Alabama from extremist attack. 


1876 A.D.

Georgia patriots assist proud South Carolinians in quelling violent Hamburg rioters; contain threat of vandals' trespassing across railroad bridge to burn Augusta & St. Paul's Episcopal Church & desecrate grave of Bishop-General Leonidas Polk; successful Southern tactics at Hamburg usher in Redshirts' electing Wade Hampton & redeeming South Carolina from illegal & corrupt outside Carpetbagger Rule.


William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 146" : 

      Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth,
Lord of these rebel powers that thee array,
Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body's end?
Then, soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss,
And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be rich no more.
So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,
And death once dead, there's no more dying then.






Awake · Aware · Alert


"Becoming reveals Being, because Being is prior to Action. We know our Nature in all we do. Do more, know more. He died in Arms- for a Reason."




"to be sought in that prime source"

"Language, as I conceive it, is a social and cultural creation functioning somehow within the psychic constitution of those who use it. The scope of the reference of words is accordingly determined by forces within the psychic constitution and not outside it. The question of stability in language cannot be considered apart from the psychic stability of a cultural group. And by the same inference the reason for changes in language, whether of the kind we approve or disapprove, will have to be sought in that prime source. All this may seem to border on a mystical account of what, after all, is an empirical fact, subject in several of its aspects to direct observation.  Yet the problem of meaning remains elusive after observations of this kind have been made."

-Richard M. Weaver, "Relativism and the Use of Language,"
in Helmut Schoeck and James W. Wiggins's RELATIVISM AND THE STUDY OF MAN, 1961



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